Professor of Art History ~ School of Visual Design, University of South Carolina
Bradford R. Collins teaches courses in the history of modern art at the University of South Carolina. He received his B.A. in American Studies from Amherst College (1964) and his Ph. D. in art history from Yale University (1980). At Yale he specialized in 19th century European art, particularly French painting. His interest in that area culminated in 13 Views of Manet’s ‘Bar,’ which he edited and to which he contributed one of the essays. Since the publication of that book by Princeton University Press in 1996 Dr. Collins’s focus has shifted to contemporary art, particularly American art of the 1950s and 1960s. He has written scholarly articles on Abstract Expressionism, Clement Greenberg, Robert Motherwell, Roy Lichtenstein, and Andy Warhol. In 2012 Phaidon Press published his history of Pop, Pop Art: The Independent Group to Neo-Pop, 1952-1990. That same year Rizzoli published Mark Rothko, The Decisive Decade: 1940-1950, which he edited and to which he contributed one of the essays. Currently he is writing a history of modern art tentatively titled, Modern Art/Modern Life.
Director ~ Bo Bartlett Center, Columbus State University
A native of South Carolina, David Houston was the Chief Curator of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans and Director of the Curatorial Department at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. He is currently the Director of the Bo Bartlett Center, College of the Arts, Columbus State University. He has taught art history at the Clemson University College of Architecture, Arts, and Humanities, The University of New Orleans, and the Brandenburg Technische Universitat, Germany. The author of over twenty-five publications, his most recent is “Jamie Wyeth and Contemporary American Realism” for the exhibition catalogue of the Jamie Wyeth retrospective at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He is also active as a photographer and his most recent exhibition was July 2015 at the Galleria del Carbone in Ferrara, Italy.
Margaret and Terry Stent Curator ~ American Art, High Museum of Art
Stephanie Mayer Heydt joined the High Museum of Art as the Margaret and Terry Stent Curator of American Art in January 2009. Prior to the High Museum, Heydt was the curator of Collections and Exhibitions at the Gulf Coast Museum of Art in Largo, Florida and the Jakob Rosenberg Fellow in American Art at the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums. She has received numerous fellowships including the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the Library Company of Philadelphia, a Patricia and Philip Frost predoctoral fellowship at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and an Adelson Fellowship in American Art at Boston University. Heydt also served as an assistant curator at the Terra Museum of American Art (now the Terra Foundation for American Art) in Chicago and has lectured and published on 19th- and 20th- century American art and culture. Her recent exhibitions have included Rising Up: Hale Woodruff’s Murals at Talladega College (2012), Go West!: Art of the American Frontier (2013), the American Encounters series (2012 – 2015, co-curated between the High, Musée du Louvre, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the Terra Foundation for American Art), and Embracing Elegance, 1880 – 1920: American Art from the Huber Family Collection (2011). She holds degrees in the History of Art from Cornell University (B.A.), the University of Chicago (M.A.) , and Boston University (Ph.D.)
Editor ~ Burnaway
Stephanie Cash has been the Editor of the BURNAWAY – The Voice of Art in the South magazine in Atlanta GA. since November 2013. She is responsible for all editorial content for the website, and for producing the annual print edition. In March 2015, she initiated the launch of BURNAWAY’s new Atlanta Art Guide, a free, foldout list and map of current exhibitions and venues in the city. She was an editor at Art in America magazine in New York from 1993 to 2012, most recently serving as News Editor. While there, she wrote numerous feature articles, exhibition reviews, and news stories in addition to working with writers on the same. She contributes to such publications as Art in America, Photograph, and Modern Painters, and has also worked as a freelance writer and editor for ArtsATL.com, Rizzoli, and Prestel publishers and Pace and Marian Goodman galleries, among others. She has lived in Atlanta since 2012.
Cheif Curator & The William Cary Husley Curator ~ American Art, Birmingham Museum of Art
Graham Boettcher is Chief Curator and The William Cary Hulsey Curator of American Art at the Birmingham Museum of Art, where he has worked since 2006. He was previously a Curatorial Fellow at the Yale University Art Gallery, and has held research fellowships at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, and the Terra Foundation Summer Residency in Giverny, France. Boettcher recently curated The Look of Love: Eye Miniatures from the Skier Collection (2012), for which he edited and contributed to a major publication by the same name. He is currently working on an exhibition exploring the Viking Revival in American art. Boettcher received his B.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University, and an M.A. from the University of Washington in his home state. He has served as a trustee of the Association of Art Museum Curators since 2010, and was recently elected as the association’s vice president.
Co-Founder & Partner ~ Connelly & Light Art Advising Firm
New York City, NY and Santa Barbara, CA
With over 20 years of experience working in the art world, Kimberly Light has run two successful galleries in Los Angeles and worked with and supported a variety of prestigious international artists and their projects. She has served as a committee member, chair or trustee of art institutions including Sculpture Center, Dia Center for Arts, San Francisco MoMA, Capp Street Project and Artadia. In addition to her work in commercial galleries Ms. Light began advising in Los Angeles in 2002. She moved to New York City in 2009 to earn a masters in contemporary art history and theory from the Sotheby’s Institute where she has continued to expand her art advising business. In September 2014, she opened a new curatorial, art advising and collection management company with known gallerist, and NADA founder John Connelly. Together they run the New York/Santa Barbara based company Connelly & Light, LLC.
Executive Director ~ 1708 Gallery
Emily Smith is the Executive Director of 1708 Gallery, a non-profit contemporary art space in Richmond, Virginia. At 1708, Smith has curated projects with Tameka Norris, Jessica Segall, Kevin and Jennifer McCoy, and Avery Lawrence, among others. She has served on the Virginia Commission for the Arts grants review panel and is a statewide speaker for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Prior to 1708 she was the Curatorial Fellow in Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, from March 2007 through September 2010. Projects at VMFA include the exhibitions, The Ludwig and Rosy Fischer Collection of German Expressionist Art; Matisse, Picasso, and Modern Art in Paris; and Labor and Leisure: Works by African American Artists in the VMFA Permanent Collections. Prior to VMFA, she was Director of Exhibitions at Piedmont Arts in Martinsville, Virginia (2004-2007) and the Assistant Director at Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, Virginia (2003-2004). Smith was an adjunct faculty member in art history at Patrick Henry Community College, Martinsville, VA and was a critic for a Charlottesville, Virginia weekly paper. Smith received a MA in Art History from the University of Virginia in 2002.
Curator ~ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Leslie Umberger is a curator and art historian of American art,specializing in the work of folk, self-taught, and vernacular artists.Since the late 1990s, Umberger has curated over fifty exhibitions and lectured and published widely. Recent and notable publications include Something to Take My Place: The Art of Lonnie Holley (Charleston: Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, 2015); Untitled: The Art of James Castle (Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2014), and Sublime Spaces & Visionary Worlds: Built Environments of Vernacular Artists (Princeton Architectural Press, 2007). Umberger served for fourteen years as Senior Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Wisconsin. In 2012 she was appointed as inaugural Curator of Folk and Self-taught Art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. She is currently organizing a major retrospective for the Alabama artist Bill Traylor (1843-1949), which will open in the spring of 2018 in Washington, D.C.